Humi, Canada’s best-in-one benefits, payroll, and HR platform, was proud to host Ignition Hacks 2023 at their Harbourfront office in Toronto this past Saturday, August 26. The student-led 36-hour hybrid hackathon challenged coding ninjas and business-savvy students to put their programming skills to the test, with over 500 participants around Canada and 65 local coders joining in person.
Humi congratulates Rachel Wei, Ethan Teh, Baron Liu, and Jerry Liu for winning first place in the hackathon and prizes which include $100 Best Buy gift cards, Goliath Automation and Robotics Kit for Arduino, or custom kepcaps, deskmats, wrist rests by The KapCo! The winning project – ARcademy – offers 3D simulated lessons in real-time to help with the visualization of complex concepts, anywhere, anytime. Inspired by the fact that kinesthetic learners are more receptive to hands-on learning experiences that can often be costly, ARcademy provides students with access to a variety of courses from its online library, allowing them to plug into its Arduino hardware component and turn its gesture recognition software on to control 3D simulations. The engaging system also provides an AI ChatGPT-based assistant to aid students in their learning in real-time.
The runners-up of Ignition Hacks are Ian Korovinsky, Stephen Ni, Lucy Qi who built spleef.ai. Third place went to Lauren Lidhar, Kennedy Yung, Brian Yang, Josh Nguyen who built Inteflow.
“We were thrilled to host Ignition Hacks at our office as part of our commitment to giving back to the community and growing the next generation of tech talents,” says Kevin Kliman, CEO of Humi. “It was important to provide a safe and encouraging platform for young Canadians, from the middle school to undergraduate level, to learn, hack, and build their passion and knowledge for technology and business. This will ultimately result in a greater interest in STEM at the grassroots level, enriching Canada’s tech talent pool in the long term and helping businesses employ 1 million Canadians. We see this year’s Ignition Hacks as the first of many events hosted by Humi as we aim to continue our support of local talents and businesses moving forward. ”
“We’re grateful for Humi’s support in bringing back the in-person element to the hackathon this year, which was key in encouraging collaboration and creating networking opportunities,” says Megan Chun, Co-Director of Ignition Hacks. “Humi’s Harbourfront office was the perfect space to promote creative thinking and ignite the next generation of tech talent,” adds Samantha Mac, Co-Director of Ignition Hacks.